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O'Connor, Mark - The FIDDLE CONCERTO for Violin and Orchestra - Violin Solo - Digital Download

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The FIDDLE CONCERTO for Violin and Orchestra is Mark O'Connor's first orchestral score, composed when he was 31 years old in 1992-93. A few years later it was recorded for Warner Bros. featuring the Concordia Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting and the composer as the violin soloist. The recording was named by the BMG Classical Catalog as one of the top ten classical recordings of 1995.

The composition was reviewed by a distinguished panel of composers and was awarded a Meet The Composer grant for another original concerto by O'Connor. Beginning with the premiers in 1993 through the Fiddle Concerto's subsequent performances in to 1998, the year of this publication, it has received more performances with orchestra than any other violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. The violin solo does not include written out cadenzas as they are always improvised by the composer/soloist when performed (as is the case with the 1995 recording).

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Title: The FIDDLE CONCERTO for Violin and Orchestra
Composer: Mark O'Connor
Publisher: Mark O'Connor Musik International
Instrumentation: Violin and Full Orchestra
Parts Included: Solo Violin Part
Pages: 19 Pages
Time: 45 minutes
Format: Digital Download

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Mark O'Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Now, at age 55, he has melded these influences into a new American classical music, and is perpetuating his vision of an American School of String Playing. Mr. O’Connor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards as well as several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the United States Information Agency in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several U.S. presidents including being invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan to perform as a teen.

After recording a series of albums for Rounder and Warner Bros including his multiple Grammy-winning New Nashville Cats, his recordings for Sony Classical with Yo-Yo Ma, Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey sold a million CDs and gained O'Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom.

Mr. O’Connor’s Fiddle Concerto released on Warner Bros. has become the most-performed violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. On his own OMAC Records label, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recorded his sweeping Americana Symphony while his groundbreaking 9th concerto, The Improvised Violin Concerto was recorded in Boston Symphony Hall. His new touring group, the Mark O’Connor Band consisting of family members (wife, son and daughter-in-law) debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s bluegrass album chart and their first album Coming Home won a Grammy in 2017.

Mr. O’Connor has authored a series of educational books called the O’Connor Method and is now the fastest growing violin method in the country and tens of thousands can credit the O’Connor books for learning how to play stringed instruments. The O’Connor Method features American music styles, creativity, cultural diversity and western classical technical training. Mr. O’Connor currently is artist-in-residence with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, touring nationally with the Mark O’Connor Band and resides in North Carolina with his wife, fellow bandmate and duo partner Maggie O’Connor.

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